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Of the 30 million cars on the road in Britain, only 250,000 are electric – but the number is growing rapidly. In July, new figures showed sales had increased by 50% in one month; they are expected to exceed sales of gasoline and diesel models by 2025. And new gasoline and diesel vehicles are expected to be banned completely by 2030.

This is unequivocal good news for the environment – and yet many drivers are skeptical about going electric, worrying about underpowered motors and an inadequate charging network. Are these fears justified? How does the chat work at petrol station connection points? And why did this seagull have to relieve itself on a loaned Skoda Enyaq just before the photographer showed up? Sam wollaston sought the answers to all of these questions on a road trip from Land’s End to John o’Groats, and joined Rachel Humphreys to reflect on what he has learned along the way.

Rachel is also joined by Tom stand, author of a book on the history of human transportation, to explain the surprising history of electric cars – which were briefly the best-selling vehicles in America in 1897. He explains what blocked their progress, which has ensured the supremacy of gasoline and what the future might hold.

You can read Sam’s article, Leading the Charge! Can I get from Land’s End to John o’Groats by electric car ?, here. You can read an excerpt from Tom’s book, A Brief History of Motion: From the Wheel to the Car to What Comes Next, here, and buy it here.

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